Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Michael Rohde vs Nick de Firmian
"Rohde to Ruin" (game of the day Jun-28-2015)
Philadelphia (1985), Philadelphia, PA USA
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  0-1



explore this opening
find similar games 8 more M Rohde/de Firmian games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can change the color of the light and dark squares by registering a free account then visiting your preferences page. Or, you can change it with the "SETTINGS" link in the lower right.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-15-08  AnalyzeThis: There must have been a miscalculation or hallucination involved here.
Premium Chessgames Member
  beenthere240: It may have simply been that he was playing a stereotypical exchange sacrifice and it didn't work out. 22...Rxd5 removes the guard, leaving white a piece down.
Oct-20-09  munkies: play with me
Jan-31-10  aazqua: White's play throughout this game is bizarro. Gives up the pawn, sacs on f6, plays an odd move in the opening. DeFirmian must have just sat back and wondered why the game was being handed to him.
Premium Chessgames Member
  beenthere240: Maybe Ken planned to play 18. Nd5 instead threatening to remove the guard on black's knight on a4. A retreat Qd8 is impossible because 19. Nxf6+ wins the queen. But then he sees 18...Qc4! Ugh. The queens come off the board and black knight invades on c4.

So he plays 19. Nc5, but already knows he is busted and blunders a couple of moves later with 22. Bxb6.

Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <aazqua: White's play throughout this game is bizarro. Gives up the pawn, sacs on f6, plays an odd move in the opening.>

I think that beenthere240's assessment of what happened is correct. Rogoff probably thought that 13.e5 was the start of a combination, but he miscalculated. He obviously saw that 13...dxe5?? lost to 14.Qxd8 Rfxd8 15.Nxa5, and also figured that 13...Bxe2 14.Qxe2 Nxb3 15.exf6 Nxa1 16.fxg7 Kxg7 17.fxg6 would also be good for him. I think, as beenthere240 said, that he intended 18.Nd5 to be the culmination of his combination, but then realized to his horror that 18...Qc4! refuted it all. That meant that he was dead lost, and it was all downhill from there.

Aug-23-11  Strongest Force: I was surprised to see Ken playing in a game from 1985. He told me he would stop when he was only 23.
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: One wonders if there's some mistake. This 1985 game is his most recent game in the database. Everything else is from 1980 or before.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sastre: White was actually Michael Rohde:

[Event "World op"]
[Site "Philadelphia"]
[Date "1985.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Rohde, Michael A"]
[Black "De Firmian, Nick E"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B74"]
[WhiteElo "2400"]
[BlackElo "2540"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. a4 Nc6 7. Be2 g6 8. Be3 Bg7 9. O-O O-O 10. Nb3 Be6 11. f4 Na5 12. f5 Bc4 13. e5 Bxe2 14. Qxe2 dxe5 15. fxg6 hxg6 16. Rad1 Qc7 17. Rxf6 Bxf6 18. Nc5 Rfd8 19. Nd5 Qc6 20. c4 b6 21. Ne4 Kg7 22. Bxb6 Rxd5 0-1

Jun-28-15  SeanAzarin: Yay, they used my pun! Rohde clearly wasn't at his best for this game.

Two years later he would do better against DeFirmian:

DeFirmian vs Rohde, 1987

Jun-28-15  RandomVisitor: Quick look after 12...Bc4:

click for larger view

Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.18] d=18 13.Nxa5> Bxe2 14.Qxe2 Qxa5 15.Ra3 Qe5 16.fxg6 fxg6 17.Rb3 Rac8 18.Rb4 Qe6 19.Ba7 Ng4 20.Rxf8+ Rxf8 21.e5 Nxe5 22.Rxb7 Qc4 23.Rxe7 Qb4 24.Rc7 Qxb2 25.Qd1 Qb4

Jun-28-15  morfishine: Strange, there are posts for a Rogoff game here
Jun-28-15  morfishine: You can't play like this against Defirmian
Jun-28-15  lentil: <morphishine> refer to <Sastre>'s post Aug-23-11; I infer that White was once misidentified as Rogoff.
Jun-28-15  morfishine: <lentil> Thanks, for some reason, I passed right over that one
Jun-28-15  RandomVisitor: Deeper look, after 12...Bc4:

click for larger view

Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.18] d=25 13.Nxa5> Bxe2 14.Qxe2 Qxa5 15.Qd3 Rac8 16.Ra3 Rfe8 17.Bd4 Nd7 18.Bxg7 Kxg7 19.Nd5 Ne5 20.Qd1 Rc4 21.Kh1 Qc5 22.Rg3 Rxc2 23.b4 Qc6

Jun-28-15 22...Rxd5 removes the guard to the bish, and defends the N on a5 at the same time. Well played.
Jun-28-15  RandomVisitor: After 9...0-0:

click for larger view

Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.18] d=22 10.Qd2> Bd7 11.Nxc6 Bxc6 12.f3 Rc8 13.a5 d5 14.e5 Nd7 15.f4 e6 16.Rfd1 Qe7 17.Bf3 Rfd8 18.Na4

Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: Black will then take the bishop with check.

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation
from MKD's Sicilian Defense Black by MKD
Sicilian Najdorf - Black Wins
by ISeth
June 28: Rohde to Ruin
from Game of the Day 2015 by Phony Benoni
Rohde to Ruin
from SeanAzarin's pun submissions by SeanAzarin
6/28/15 added one year later 6/28/16
from Games of the day for 2015. by truepacifism
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation
from MKD's Sicilian Defense Black by Patca63

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC